Year 9 Reading List
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Esther Greenwood, a talented and successful young writer, succumbs to mental illness during her summer internship as a junior editor at a magazine in New York City in the early 1950s.
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman Accompanied by her shape-shifting demon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. Book One of "His Dark Materials" Trilogy.
I capture the castle by Dodie Smith Cassandra's dad is a once-famous writer and her family is barely scraping by in a crumbling English castle they leased when times were good. The family's romantic isolation ends when the wealthy Cotton family takes over the nearby estate.
Charlie is a 9th grade wallflower who faces the familiar struggles of high school--making friends, a first relationship, exploring sexuality--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide.
Adrian -- somewhat pretentious, occasionally insensitive and just a little dim -- has somehow managed to convince himself that he is an intellectual. His diary is -- inadvertently -- one of the funniest things you'll ever read.
Jeanette has some difficult issues to sort through: her mother thinks she's the Chosen one from God; she's beginning to be attracted to girls; and an orange demon keeps popping into her psyche.
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger A love story and a mystery that plays with time and your expectations about how a story should be built. You wil really struggle to put this international bestseller down once you’ve started.
The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger A story about rebellion and how to be young is to push against the world around you and people older than you. Rich, irresponsible and a little bit lost, the main character is a dropout. He’s been kicked out of school for the fourth time, lives a privileged life in fashionable New York and hates the ‘phonies’ that surround him.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll Utterly bizzare and mind-bending, Lewis Carroll writes stories that hover somewhere between fairy tale, fantasy and nightmare. A young girl disappears one sunny day down a rabbit hole and falls into a world of nonsense, magic and weirdness.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee This powerful, ground-breaking story challenged racist views in America and became a huge international hit. A world of injustice, violence and prejudice is reflected through the innocent and funny eyes of six year old Scout.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer Funny, hugely imaginative and utterly shocking, this novel tells the story of a young American Jewish man travelling through Ukraine to track down his family heritage and to uncover what happened to them under the terror of the Nazis. All of this through the eyes of his wiling but unreliable guide and driver Alex who has a shaky grasp of English and a farting, over-affectionate dog.
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini A story that lays bare the terror, loss and upheaval of Afghanistan in the 20th century, this powerful coming of age story is told through the point of view of Amir who witnesses a terrible crime as a boy in Afghanistan and must deal with the guilt as an adult living in America. This guilt will force him back to his home country and back into his past.
Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte What do you do when you are alone, unloved and unattractive in Victorian England – and you’re a woman??? This novel is about inner strength, inner intelligence and the determination that no matter how small or plain or unimportant a person may seem, everyone has the right to a future and a voice.
Watership Down by Richard Adams This is a novel about rabbits. About being a rabbit, thinking like a rabbit and dying like a rabbit. Forget Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter. This is about nature red in tooth a claw and the struggle of staying alive and together when everything around you wants you dead. Including each other.